The Streptosolen belongs to the nightshade family (Solanaceae). Other members of this family include the potato and the tomato as well as the Cestrum and the Solanum. This plant originates from the mountains in the west of South America. The Streptosolen is sometimes called the ‘Marmalade Bush’. The flowers of the Streptosolen are tubular or trumpet-shaped. When they first appear, the flowers are yellow and pink. As the flowers develop, their colour changes to bright orange and ultimately they turn a deep orange-red. The flowers grow at the tips of the stems. The Streptosolen will keep flowering virtually all summer long.
Where to put the plant on your patio or balcony
The Streptosolen is a real winner if you are looking for something special for your patio or balcony. It will grow and thrive in a sunny and fairly sheltered spot but should not be placed in direct sunlight.
Caring for your Streptosolen
During the summer, a Streptosolen needs to be watered almost every day. Make sure that excess water can drain off from the pot. You can do that by using a pot with a hole in the bottom. For beautiful flowers, give your plant extra food every 14 days. You only need to prune your plant if you think that it has grown too big. In the case of a tree, you prune the long branches hard. In the case of a shrub, you prune the heaviest or longest branches to half their length.